Guwahati, June 15: Assam is grappling with the initial wave of floods, affecting nearly 21,000 individuals across four districts, as reported by the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Among them, the highest number of affected people, totaling 20,768, including 2,448 children, are in the Lakhimpur district.
The floods have been exacerbated by the breach of two embankments by the Singra River in Lakhimpur. Furthermore, five embankments and six roads in different districts have sustained damage due to continuous rainfall, according to the ASDMA.
The rising water levels of several rivers have been attributed to incessant rain. The four districts currently affected by the floods are Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Cachar, and Kamrup (Metro). In total, 19 villages across five revenue circles are submerged, with 1,787 animals also affected by the deluge.
Additionally, approximately 13.50 hectares of agricultural land have been submerged in the flood-affected districts, leading to significant crop damage.
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Taking proactive measures, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma conducted a video conference with District Commissioners (DCs) and senior officers of the state administration to ensure the implementation of necessary steps and enhance flood preparedness and response systems.
Chief Minister Sarma urged all government departments, including NHAI, NHIDC, NDRF, and SDRF, to remain vigilant and actively assist those affected by the floods. He emphasized the importance of activating risk communication and early warning systems to alert residents about potential flood-related threats.